September 2009




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What the president said:

“My government is ready to battle the al Houthi rebels in the north part of the country for years if need be.”

“Our blood is being shed every day in Harf Sufyan and Sa’ada. We will not draw back even if the battle continues for five or six years, we will not backtrack or stop,” Mr Saleh ( the president of The Yemen) said during a celebration to mark the 47th anniversary of the 1962 revolution that toppled the Zaidi Shiite imamate and established the republic.

What the Rebel Leader said:

“We are ready to face the aggression through generations … we do not care about his [Saleh] warning speech … which demonstrates they want the war and their announced truce offers do not match with the reality on the ground “

Also, there is no water left in the country:

Water scarcity is reaching emergency levels across Yemen and the problem is particularly acute in Sana’a and the province of Taiz, 260km north of Sana’a.

Only 60 per cent of Yemenis who live in urban areas are connected to public water services. Others depend on private water tankers or vendors. In rural areas, only 45 per cent get their water from the state, while the rest get it the old-fashioned way: fetching it from rainwater harvesting systems, springs and wells.

Some people in Taiz city and Sana’a buy their water from private lorry providers, but people like Mrs Haza’a cannot afford to pay US$10 (Dh36) for the standard 3,000-litre truckload of water which people store in tanks and which usually last between two weeks and a month, depending on the size of a family.

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The veto is against the charter,” complained Mr Qadafi, wielding a copy of the UN rulebook, his untamed, black hair springing from beneath a cap and an Africa-shaped brooch glistening on his breast.

“How can we be happy about the world security if the world is controlled by four or five powers? We are just like the decor … It should not be called the Security Council, it should be called the Terror Council.”

But it was perhaps un-statesmanlike to also complain about the jet lag endured from a New York-bound flight, implicate Israelis in the assassination of President John F Kennedy, or levy fines against the assembled guests.

Speaking “in the name of 1,000 African kingdoms,” he demanded compensation from the West for colonisation of the continent and provided a precise figure: US$7.77 trillion (Dh28.5 trillion), while struggling with his translator ear-piece.

“The Africans will call for that and if you don’t give that amount – $7.77 trillion – the Africans will go to where you have taken these trillions. They have the right and they will bring the money back,” he warned.

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